11 Tips for Preempting Business Pirates

Business piracy, e.g., the unauthorized use of intellectual property,  is a problem that causes major losses for businesses each year. As technological complexity increases, and industry becomes more and more competitive, the temptation for the unscrupulous to gain a competitive edge also increases. Continue reading

Profile in Practice: Matthew J. Geyer

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile Matthew J. Geyer:

CEB: What are your practice areas and how/why did you choose or start in your practice area?
Matt: 80% of my practice now is arbitration and mediation, in commercial and other civil disputes, in a wide range of industries. So, breach of contract and business torts, fraud and nondisclosure claims, partnership and joint venture disputes, real estate sales and leasing contracts and related disputes, and professional malpractice involving accountants, engineers, attorneys, financial consultants.

CEB: What do you like best and least about practicing law?
Matt: The best thing about advocacy work is that I get to think and write for a living. The worst thing about it is counting your life in tenths of an hour. The best thing about being an arbitrator is everyone laughs at all your jokes; the worst thing is that it’s lonely work (when it’s not a panel case), at least once the case is submitted. The best thing about being a mediator is that it’s not lonely work—you get around a table and work with people through legal issues, calculations of risk, etc. The worst thing about it is nobody has to laugh at your jokes. Continue reading

Ten Ways To Make Your Law Practice Successful

The following is from guest blogger Helen Leah Conroy, an Internet and commercial transaction lawyer who since 2001 has built a successful small firm practice.

It turns out that law school doesn’t teach you everything you need to know about how to make a law practice successful. Here are ten important — but sometimes overlooked — things you should do:

  1. Become your client’s trusted advisor. Look for opportunities to provide useful information and insights, especially on points or issues the client has not considered. Continue reading

To Evict or Not to Evict?

A client comes to you and wants to evict his or her tenant. Before you start drawing up the unlawful detainer complaint, you need to understand why your client wants to evict — is it a financial decision or an emotional one? Does it make sense financially? Is it because your client wants to live in the property? Continue reading

Six Tips to Writing A More Persuasive Brief

Persuasive sentences make for a persuasive brief. The following six tips will allow your readers to easily sail through your briefs as you persuade them along the way. Continue reading

Getting into a Job Applicant’s Head

As if the job application and interview process weren’t intense enough, some employers want to get into the applicant’s psyche to make sure he or she has the right psychological makeup for the job. Continue reading

Cupid in the Office

Office romance is an inevitability, and sometimes a headache for employers. Prohibiting office relationships is virtually impossible, but the right policy and “love contract” can protect at least the employer, even if it can’t protect its employees from broken hearts. Continue reading

Removal Ruling Is Good News for Defendants

There are many reasons why a defendant in California might want to remove the case against them to federal court. But, as the Cal Biz Lit blog explains, the 30-day time limit for removal creates a “chronic problem” — does the time run from service on the first defendant or the last defendant? Continue reading

5 Tips for Kicking Off a Successful Negotiation

Whether it happens informally on the telephone or in a more formal face-to-face meeting, the beginning of a negotiation can be critical to its success. First words and impressions are lasting; if you get off to the wrong start, it can erode trust, dampen optimism about the outlook for settlement, and increase the probability of deadlock. Continue reading

The Cost of Blowing the Whistle

For those who think that Wikileaks or other famous whistleblowing incidents will lead to mass whistleblowing, consider the costs of whistleblowing. In some circumstances, the costs can outweigh the benefits. Continue reading